Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University (NIU) is a public research university located in DeKalb, Illinois, with satellite centers in Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Rockford, and Oregon.

It was originally founded as Northern Illinois State Normal School on May 22, 1895, by Illinois Governor John P. Altgeld as part of an expansion of the state's system for producing college educated teachers.

Douglas Baker was named the university's twelfth president in May, 2013.